National Survey Shows Americans Against Breed Discrimination

January 31, 2014  

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“… instead of punishing innocent dogs for resembling a specific breed, communities should concentrate on holding reckless owners accountable and responsible. The simple truth is that breed discrimination doesn’t work.”

– Ledy VanKavage, Senior Legislative Attorney for Best Friends Animal Society

America has spoken!  In a new national survey commissioned by Best Friends Animal Society, researchers found that 84% of those polled believe that neither local, state, nor federal governments should be able to dictate which breed of dog a person has the right to own.

State and local governments continue to repeal their breed discriminatory policies, acknowledging that these policies do not make communities any safer, but instead cost the locality a lot of money, and a lot of lives.  We already have 17 states that prohibit their cities and counties from passing breed discriminatory laws and several states, including Washington, Missouri, South Dakota, and Maryland, have bills currently pending that would do just that.

“Every American who follows the right safety rules as a responsible dog owner should be allowed to own whatever breed of dog they choose,” said Ledy VanKavage, Senior Legislative Attorney for Best Friends Animal Society. “Communities should be protected against any dangerous dog, no matter the breed, and abused or neglected dogs should be protected from abusive owners. Owners and dogs should be judged on their behavior.”

Countless studies from several different countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands, show that breed is NOT a factor in dog bites.  Click here to read about the latest article on this topic in the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine.  The National Animal Control Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Center for Disease Control, the White House, the Department of Justice, and most professional animal welfare organizations have all spoken out against breed discriminatory laws and have supported breed-neutral dangerous dog laws that apply to all.

Did you know that the average passing rate for all dogs tested by the American Temperament Test Society is 83%?  And did you know that American Pit Bull Terriers pass their temperament tests with an average score of 86.8%?  This is a higher passing rate that many other popular breeds, including Golden Retrievers.  Pit Bulls truly are America’s family dog!  It’s time to treat them as such and end breed discrimination!

You can read more about this survey here.

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